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  • Sheep and Goats

    Posted by Brian Jones

    12 April 2004 – shpgoats (84k image)

    Here is a collection of Baloch fat tailed sheep and goats. They are well adapted to the desert conditions, the sheep storing fat in their tail much as a camel does in its hump. They are kept close to the home at night, often tied to ropes along the walls of houses to keep them safe from pests, and allowed to range into the desert to find browse, often accompanied by small children.

    They provide hair and wool for weaving, skins for leather, milk for drinking and meat for consumption. Before the drought animals were a mainstay of the local livelihood but have become increasingly scarce as the drought has taken its toll.

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